Basic Background Info
In 2004, Andrew 'The Butcher' Bishop Mrotek was working as a butcher at a Pick N' Save in Milwaukee when he was approached by The Academy Is... to replace former drummer, Mike DelPrincipe (though some sources say he auditioned). His former band, Last Place Champs, had disbanded due to differing interests, and Andrew Mrotek agreed to join up.
Andrew Mrotek is a quadruple threat: in addition to his expert drumming, he also plays guitar, bass, and occasionally sings. Andrew Mrotek's body is covered in an extensively intricate network of tattoos, many of which he designed himself. Andrew's ink is readily viewable by fans because he often appears shirtless on stage while touring--and boy, does he love touring. Band mate William Beckett once quipped approvingly of Andrew Mrotek's reluctance to wear clothes, 'The Butcher is almost always naked because he doesn't care. He probably has the best style out of everyone on Warped Tour.'
Although a relative latecomer, Andrew Mrotek seems to get along really well with the rest of the band. No doubt personality was a big factor in The Academy Is...'s decision to recruit him. Andrew Mrotek has an unmistakably prominent presence and is known for being a crack-up on and off the stage. Andrew Mrotek's antics can be seen by fans on the band's popular video podcast, The Academy Is... TV or TAITV.
Of his band and himself, Andrew Mrotek says that they, 'do not fit the mold of the generic rock star. If you can survive as a band without doing anything to your image, then you know your music stands for itself.'
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